A famous man died this past week. He looked like he was about 50, often acted like he was a toddler, and celebrated his ninth birthday this past October.
You won’t find any reference to the passing on the obituaries page of any major newspaper. You can, however, see the “funeral” right here, in full or part.
When I first started watching Stephen Colbert at The Colbert Report I thought he was more than a little “out there.” I favored Jon Stewart, with a more polished, traditional approach to skewering those who need a poke in the eye anywhere with a sharp object. Over time, though, I turned into a major fan. As talented as Jon Stewart is, pulling off an “in character” persona for almost a decade takes real, real chops. This man has them, big time!
So much has been said and written about the passing. I liked most this report on some comments made by Greg Gutfeld, a Fox News host, who said: “He should write an eight-figure check to Fox News because all of our gaffes made that man’s career.” Truest thing you’ll hear on Fox News, going forward at least two years! (And Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes are set, thanks very much!)
Also, from Mother Jones—yes, that Mother Jones—here is Listen to the Real Stephen Colbert Explain How He Maintained His Flawless Character for 9 Years by James West. The podcast is at the beginning, it’s 37 minutes long, and for Colbert Nation fans and, truthfully, anyone, it’s worth a listen.
In The Last Tycoon F. Scott Fitzgerald told readers “there are no second acts in American life.” National Public Radio, as is its wont, delves into the comment in Fitzgerald Might Disagree with His ‘No Second Acts’ Line, from May 2013. Regardless, the corporeal body—and the amazing talent which lives therein—will reappear soon, replacing David Letterman as the host of The Late Show on CBS. Stay tuned, and I’m betting on Stephen!